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School of Education Degree Programs

Avila's School of Education has been preparing teachers since 1940! The School of Education has a strong tradition of preparing reflective teachers who impact the changing world. 

"Be all that you can be. Find your future - as a teacher."  Madeline Fuchs Holzer

Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Bachelors of Science

Elementary Education

Avila University's Bachelor of Science Elementary Education degree is a four-year program that recognizes the importance of classroom and field-based instruction. The curriculum provides teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to work in elementary classrooms throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. Throughout the program, professors will prepare teacher candidates to be quality teachers who positively impact the learning of children and youth. The degree program prepares Avila students to teach elementary (grades 1-6) students.

Elementary Major Requirements

4-year plan

 

Advisors

Last Names A-L
Last Names M-Z
Alicia Murillo
Dr. Sue Ellen McCalley
816.501.2465
816.501.2433
Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu
SueEllen.McCalley@avila.edu
Middle School (Grades 5-9), Bachelors of Science

Middle School Education

Middle school education is an exciting and rewarding career. At Avila, a student can prepare to become a teacher in grades 5-9 in a variety of subjects. The curriculum provides students with multiple field-based and clinical experiences in diverse settings. Avila's Bachelor of Science Middle School degree program is designed to provide depth in a content area as well as skills in effective teaching.

CONCENTRATION AREAS
Avila offers middle school (5-9) teacher certification in four different concentration areas. Students must choose at least one.

5-9 Language Arts
Language Arts degree requirements 
4-Year Plan

5-9 Mathematics
Mathematics degree requirements
4-Year Plan

5-9 Science
Science degree requirements
4-Year Plan

5-9 Social Studies
Social Studies degree requirements
4-Year Plan

 

Advisors

Language Arts
Mathematics and Science
Social Studies
Dr. Natalie Cobb
Dr. Nilufer Guler
Dr. Brad Poos
816.501.2432
816.501.2960
816.501.2431
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu
Nilufer.Guler@avila.edu
Bradley.Poos@avila.edu
Special Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Science

Special Education

Special education teachers are in great demand. To meet this challenge, Avila offers a unique program to those interested in working with special needs students. The Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree leads to dual certification in mild/moderate cross categorical special education (K-12) and elementary education (1-6). The special education degree is often a 4.5 or 5 year program.

Special Education degree requirements
Long Range Plan

Advisor

Dr. Sue Ellen McCalley
816.501.2433
SueEllen.McCalley@avila.edu
Business Education (Grades 9-12), Bachelors of Arts

Business Education

The Bachelor of Science in Business Education is designed for students who wish to become a business teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required business courses and education courses needed to become a certified business teacher.

Business Education degree requirements
4-Year Plan

Advisor

Dr. Natalie Cobb
816.501.2432
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu
Chemistry Education (Grades 9-12), Bachelors of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Education is designed for students who wish to become a chemistry teacher at the high school level. This programs combines the required chemistry courses and education courses needed to become a certified chemistry teacher.

Chemistry Education Degree Requirements
4-Year Plan

Advisor


Dr. Nilufer Guler
816-501-2960
Nilufer.Guler@avila.edu
Physical Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Science

Physical Education

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Education is designed for students who wish to become a PE teacher at the K-12 level. This programs combines the required physical education courses and education courses needed to become a certified PE teacher.

K-12 Physical Education Degree Requirements
Long Range Plan

Advisor


Dr. Brad Poos
816-501-2431
Bradley.Poos@avila.edu
Secondary Education Minor (Grades 9-12)

Secondary Education Minor

Students who wish to become high school teachers major in the subject area they wish to teach and a minor in secondary education. At Avila, a student can prepare to become a teacher in grades 9-12 in several different content areas. Avila's Bachelor of Science Secondary Education minor is designed to provide depth of knowledge in the content area as well as the skills to be an effective teaching.

CONTENT AREAS
Avila offers secondary (9-12) teacher certification in the following areas:

Biology

9-12 Biology certification requirements
Long Term Plan

English

9-12 English certification requirements
Long Term Plan

Social Studies

9-12 Social Studies certification requirements
Long Term Plan

Speech/Theatre

9-12 Speech Theatre certification requirements
Long Term Plan

For information on the major, please click the desired major below.

Biology

English

History

Theatre

Advisors

Art, English and Speech/Theatre
Biology
Social Studies
Dr. Natalie Cobb
Dr. Nilufer Guler
Dr. Brad Poos
816.501.2432
816.501.2960
816.501.2431
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu
Nilufer.Guler@avila.edu
Bradley.Poos@avila.edu
Art Education (Grades K-12), Bachelors of Arts

Art Education (K-12)

Avila University offers K-12 certification in art. Students who wish to teach art will major in art and minor in secondary education. During the program, students will be exposed to elementary, middle school and high school art classrooms. Students can choose which grade level they wish to complete their Final Clinical Experience (student teaching). Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will earn a Bachelor of Art in Art and a Secondary Education Bachelor of Science minor.

Art Education certification requirements
4-Year Plan

For information on the art major, please see the Department of Art and Design.

Advisor

Dr. Natalie Cobb
816.501.2432
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu

Pre-Academic Program

Intensive Language & Cultural Program (ILCP)

Intensive Language and Culture Program

International students who need to improve their English will enroll in English as a Second Language courses. Avila University's Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) offers offers four levels of English as a Second Language courses. The fall and spring semester courses are all 3-credit hour courses and meet 5 days a week for 50 minutes per day. Students are tested to determine the appropriate level. These courses are pre-academic courses and do not count towards a degree. Additional study hours are required outside of the classroom.

Click here (PDF) to see the ILCP courses offered.

No Major or Minor is offered.

 

"When I was looking into my options for a university, Avila immediately caught my eye. From the very first day I visited campus, I was connected with my academic advisor. Beyond the small class sizes and direct support from faculty, the education program at Avila provided me with the opportunity to visit urban, suburban and rural districts on both sides of the state line, which allowed me numerous opportunities to network with teaching professionals. I am very proud to say that the faculty and staff at Avila have helped shape me into the person and strong educator I am today." - Courtney Hansen, Elementary Education

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The Avila Promise

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  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award

 

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Heather Huettner -- 2018-2019 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Heather Huettner, Avila School of Education alum, was named the 2018-2019 Outstanding Elementary Art Educator of the Year by the Kansas Art Education Association. Heather is an Art teacher at Crestview Elementary in the Shawnee Mission School District. She received her art teaching certification through Avila's Graduate Initial Teaching Certification program and went on to receive her Masters in Teaching and Learning. Congratulations Heather!

The School of Education's Student Award Winners for 2018

  

Congratulations to the School of Education 2018 student award winners!

Eschbacher Excellence in Education Award

  • Wyatt Beebe (Elementary)
  • Mackenzie Pritchett (Middle School)

The Laura Sloan Outstanding Student Teacher Award

  • Kateri Lovell (Elementary)

Now Certifying in Chemistry Education and Physical Education

The School of Education is excited to announce that it has been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to begin offering teacher certification in Chemistry Education (grades 9-12) and Physical Education (grades K-12) beginning in fall 2018! Contact the School of Education's main office at undergrad.education@avila.edu or at 816.501.2467 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.

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